Designed by Lockheed's legendary Skunkworks, the F-117 was the first operational aircraft designed around stealth technology. It first flew in 1981 but because of the secrecy surrounding the project, wasn't made public until 1988 and made its combat debut in the first Persian Gulf War of 1991. Referred to as a 'fighter' it is however an attack aircraft having no defensive armament. The F-117 was retired in 2008 with the advent of the F-22 entering the inventory.
Finding more modern era aircraft as strictly 'cheap' toys, vs. expensive limited edition collector's items, is always a challenge and a theme I keep coming around to here on the blog. I was fortunate enough to latch on to this very simply made plane from the Processed Plastic Co. It measures 8" (20.32cm) L x 12 1/2" (31.75cm) wingspan x 2 1/12" (6.35cm) H and has a opening canopy. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina
The F-117 static display at Nellis AFB. We used to see these fairly often flying around the skies and they made regular appearances at the Aviation Nation Air Show here but now it looks as though they've become museum pieces.